Indigenous Anthropology (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

14 Nov, 2019

The Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Indigenous archaeology. The successful candidate should have demonstrated knowledge and experience engaging and working with Indigenous communities. This position will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2020. The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in anthropology/archaeology or related discipline as well as a strong record of research and demonstrated potential for excellence. While a Ph.D. is preferred, applicants who will have successfully defended the Ph.D. dissertation by the position start date may be considered. We also encourage applications from candidates who have relevant experience outside of the academy.


We welcome applicants whose research interests include western North America and/or the Pacific Rim. We seek candidates with expertise in global issues relevant to archaeological explorations of Indigenous history as well as connections to local communities. We especially encourage applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous; we use this term broadly, following the U.N Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and UBC’s Indigenous Peoples: Language Guidelines. We are interested in candidates with expertise in environmental issues and relevant methods such as (but not limited to): quantitative methods, zooarchaeology, archaeobotany, lithic analysis, geoarchaeology and molecular archaeology.


The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, service, graduate supervision, and undergraduate and graduate teaching. They will join a community of scholars at the University of British Columbia that has a long history of research partnerships with Indigenous communities. For information about the Department, visit:


This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applicants should apply through the UBC Anthropology Air site:  please click here, Job ID # 35902


Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.  Applicants should send the following in the order listed:

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. student/peer evaluations, sample syllabi); a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion;
  • and a list of 3 references.


Inquiries should be addressed to: The Head, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 6303 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z1;



Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.


All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.